June 29, 2014
Hornsby and Vince are lame
I revisited this show after looking at Deadbase VII taper rankings of shows, and was very optimistic. I have had a tape of this show since week or so after it was played. I saw a lot of shows during this time period, and it all came back to me listening to this show.
The front 3 and Branford together with the drums are sublime and visit some truly amazing places especially in the first segment of Dark Star, but up to that point of the show, all similar places have this spotlight of lameness from the keys shown on them that is really a shame and are embarrassing to any Deadhead who would wish to share the musical experience to someone not familiar. Fortunately they are taken down in the mix considerably during DS.
Those two clowns could throw a wet blanket on nearly any spark of inspiration. Hornsby is out of tune and all during Estimated it is painfully obvious. Even Vince's sax sound sounds better next to that. Which is another thing that is incomprehensible. That Vince would play that effect while on stage with Branford is just weird. Poor Hornsby was always caught somewhere between a soap opera soundtrack and a Parisian cheese fest with his accordion, which is mercifully absent here.
Both of them were vacuous players, watching Hornsby's clueless blank looks during jams was confirmation, and it was a blessing when it ended up being just Vince, who never got it all the way.
If you still want to give it a whirl, this matrix is a masterful work that incorporates all the elements of a NY crowd with a killer board. Other '91 era shows that stand out are 10/31 6/14 6/24,25. Plenty of cheese to go around.
September 14, 2013
head and shoulders imo
head and shoulders above in the 6 of 10 I saw on this run and best I've heard otherwise. killer setlist executed nicely and w/ Branford to boot. Of course this killer matrix here doesn't disappoint. The Shakedown is better than decent for 91 parts around the 9 minute mark remind me of New Orleans must've been the horns or the crystal wash. The the first set gotta lot of not often heard tunes but really the 2nd is where it's at. The H/S/F especially the S was intense for sure, and my favorite DarkStar since 89 even better than D.C. in 90 imo. Lotta critics find a lot of fault with this tour but I think they just haven't moved on from the glory years of the 70's. I mean who that's in their 50' can do their job now as good as when they were in they're 20's? no matter what that job is. I respect all their years even though myself saw my last show in 4/94 @ Miami the 3 single worst shows I ever saw, especially the last night I had to finally turn away closing a door that began on 12/1/79 in my hometown. love these Archives bring back great memories.